Claire Hsu

Cofounder of Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive, the Hong Kong-based nonprofit of which Hsu is cofounder and director, has over the past year consolidated its standing among the region’s most influential institutions. Structured around an expanding library, it now incorporates residencies, workshops, conferences and symposia that not only document but, increasingly, shape the historical discourse around contemporary Asian art. It continues to fill the cultural vacuum set aside years ago for Hong Kong’s long-awaited M+ museum, while being prepared to take risks and ruffle feathers, as illustrated by the dedication of its booth at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong to the Guerrilla Girls’ research into the local artworld. That the invitation didn’t exempt the organisation from criticism, with the activists highlighting the lack of diversity in its archives, only shows that this is an institution that is aware of the responsibilities that come with shaping cultural history.